Belongs to: rose family

Rowan Sorbus aucuparia

Also known as: mountain ash


Best time to see: all year

Key facts

A small compact tree with pinnate leaves and clusters of orange berries in summer; growing up to 15m

Sprays of scented white flowers appear in May or June, followed in August by berries that are ripe by October

Tough strong wood used for tool-handles and beams; berries were used to make jams and pies, and herbal tea

  • Main photo
  • flowers

Photo © Tony Gunton

Photo © Owen Keen